An interview with wired Android new head Pichai (full) : looking for the balance of the open and experience

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nearly two days, there are many media mention wired for Android new boss Sundar Pichai interview, but more is selected. Cloud network full text translation, hunting the interview involves the Chrome OS and Android two systems in the future, Google to Facebook Home and amazon’s version of the Android, Google’s relationship with samsung, Google view of new mobile system, the Android fragmentation and update mechanism problem, of course, native applications with Web app. Pichai frank, sincere attitude, thought-provoking.

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in the past few years the Google I/O developers conference on stage has become Sundar Pichai part of the daily work. Pichai joined Google in 2004, after is Google Chrome department head, including the browser and operating system based on cloud computing. Another and he has the same ability is Andy Rubin, Google Android, head, Android as the fastest-growing of the world’s most popular operating system, the operating system has the global accumulated Android 750 million devices, every day there will be 1.5 million units) of the activation of the new equipment, the outside world to keep Google find confused two operating systems. At the same time, Andy Rubin, Google I/O king.

this year, the change happen. In march, Google officially Rubin, a departure from the Android department, Pichai replace Rubin at Android department’s work, he immediately becomes a very important executive, perhaps larry page “L – Team” the most important executives. Pichai 40 years old, graduated from the Indian institute of technology and Stanford university. He has been very low-key, refused to all the media, but as Google I/O developer conference is near, for the first time he accepted our interview request.

Wired: for outsiders, the Android system from Rubin is responsible for to you take over this process very suddenly, also very mysterious, the research for a long time?

Pichai: I just know the Rubin decision by the end of the year, the decision before the announcement there are about two weeks time. I am passionate, for me, this job makes me excited, because here I can very important achievements,

Wired: because you now identity changed, for Chrome and Android coexist in this matter, whether changes happened in your opinion?

Pichai: I think I didn’t change much, Android and Chrome are pretty big open platform, is growing quickly, I think both are very important, they are not simple, I see the coexistence between the two as a part of friendly innovation, but also to the users and developers more choice.

Wired: but have two kinds of operating system, don’t you think that let a person a little confused?

Pichai: users care about is their use of applications and services, rather than the operating system itself. Almost no one ask you “hey, why the MacBook is based on the Mac OS X – the iPhone and it is based on the iOS?” Users in the eyes of apple’s iTunes, ripped, libraries. Developers are people too, and for developers, they want to write a code only, but they also want to have more choice.

in this new role, most let me excited, I can try to do the right thing for users and developers, and don’t need to worry about we have two different things. We like two kinds of operating system, will continue to support the development of the two operating systems, so in a short period of time, this situation will not change any. From a long-term perspective, computing itself will change. We are in a critical moment, the world is full of all kinds of cheap computing and all kinds of screen, and equipped with large sensor devices. At Google we think, how to put these different things in an intuitive and rich aesthetic way seamlessly together. The situation may change after a year or two, but now, we will keep Android and Chrome at the same time, will not consider to change.

Wired, but relative to a single operating system, at the same time develop two operating systems need more resources, this is you have to solve a problem.

Pichai: this is a problem worthy of study, we want to in various stages of do the right thing for users and developers. We are trying to find common resources, the browser layer, we share a lot of resources, the future will be in this way, continue to more to a Shared resource.

Wired: as the new director of Android, what do you think is the biggest challenge?

Pichai: I want to say first my chance, if from the point of view of new mobile phone and a new tablet, at incredible momentum of development, and now there is a huge opportunity, it makes you found that this world there are so many people have no contact with network equipment, was so shocked. In Eric Schmidt’s book, he talked about the next 5 billion people, namely those who has yet to surf the Internet, will soon be connected with the world, it completely correct, makes me very excited. One of the most brilliant place open systems such as Android is that it can penetrate anywhere. For developing countries to a large number of very low prices, network equipment, it is very meaningful for me. The biggest challenge is still under the premise of without changing the Android open, how to improve the global end user experience.

Wired: Facebook launched Home, the practice of changing the user experience, Google and what does that mean?

Pichai: happy is Facebook can first thought on this matter. Android is a highly customized systems, we welcome innovation. For a particular product, my personal attitude is to make time to talk. For Mark, who is the center of all things, and we have some different opinions with him, I think life is rich and colorful, people is a very important part of, not center, also is not all the other things.

Wired: many people worry that Google will in future releases of Android, cancel the support for Facebook Home similar services.

Pichai: what we want is a very, very open platform, but hope can in a can bring very, very good end user experience means to achieve, we must find a way to make all the rationalization, then go to execute, hope this way is meaningful to users and developers, there is a balance of need. But now, we don’t want to make any changes, we are very happy, Facebook did very well.

Wired: you say you appreciate the innovation such as the Home, but sometime in the future, you may decide as aggressive as Home software to users is not good, in a future release of Android support to stop it right?

Pichai: no. We will let the user to decide what they want to App, let them to choose. If many users really like this thing, we don’t want to stop, but in the end, we have to provide a consistent experience, as part of the experience, every Android release, we will do some improvement, so our system will change over time, we want the user to get what they want.

Wired: how to think like the Kindle Fire more aggressive product? It seems to bring a very different experience of Android.

Pichai: under the current regulations and authorization, amazon do right. Overall, Google hoped everybody with the same version of the Android, because it more advantageous to everybody, but we will not go to stop such things as the Kindle Fire, our concern is not Facebook Home or the Kindle Fire, computing is undergoing a major change, our chance is to ensure calculation can serve people good, solve some important problems for people, for example, when you’re in a heart attack, there is a computing device to remind you.

Wired: samsung is now the dominant in the Android market, whether to affect Google?

Pichai: I think this (Google’s relationship with samsung by media speculation is too large, samsung is a great partner, on Google many important products, we all have a lot of cooperation (Pichai also shows his cell phone to the reporter, the samsung Galaxy S4).

Wired: think of eye tracking technology?

Pichai: actually I never use it. The success of Android, samsung has played a crucial role. In order to bring high quality user experience, this need to perfect combination of hardware and software. This relationship whether they are based on daily cooperation or strategic cooperation, are very strong. Historically, this kind of depend on each other mutually support structure has existed for a long time, take a look at Microsoft and Intel, they are very dependent on each other, but the relationship is to bring the benefits to both companies. When I was like you need something, it will tell you need to display and the battery in terms of innovation, and these technologies, samsung global leader.

Wired: people think should cancel Chrome for Android is one of the reasons, the open web may not bring users what they need, as director of Chrome, have you ever recommended cloud app based on it, and said that they will be as powerful and fast, and native applications can run directly on any particular machine, but zuckerberg said last year, Facebook’s biggest mistake is to try it and open the web mobile applications, he said the application won’t bring rapid and high quality service for the user, it will change your opinion of the Chrome?

Pichai: the reality is different, although I manage Chrome ahead of Android, but many large applications we are directly for device development. Such as Gmail is native applications.

but I don’t agree with all Facebook mobile problems are attributed to it. Some companies use HTML 5 on mobile is very successful, for example, many magazines from native applications on the mobile end to HTML 5 applications. The financial times blog, said their engagement to improve a lot, this is completely different and Facebook said.

Wired: look from the data, Android devices to sell more than apple, but apple earn more, not to increase income for Android?

Pichai: we’re quite satisfied with the current business model. Google all the core services, including search, YouTube, maps, and so on can be used for mobile terminal, and Android to help the people to use these services, so in essence, there exist business model, a service like Google Play, obviously is the source of income. In 2012, Play for developers into has been increased by four times. We sorts began, but also in calculating the very early stages of the change, think about the education and the enterprise field, incredibly large, although we now pay more attention to consumer’s experience, but we think the right thing will happen in the enterprise the end.

Wired: your launch of Firefox OS surprised?

Pichai: not at all, the web is an important part of the platform, this to my death also won’t change, that’s why we say if Google doesn’t do Chrome OS, others will do.

Wired: many people are complaining about the Android update process, Google how to ensure that people can update to the latest version?

Pichai: we are considering how to make better update Android, also found a way, just now is still in the early stage, in communication with partners, and into our way, we need time to find out the mechanism, this is I and team are focused on.

Wired: the I/O what to watch for this year?

Pichai: this time will be very different, not about new products or new operating system release, but about Android and Chrome, I/O want to focus on what we can do for developers, so that they can develop better products, we will tell you, how will Google on the two platforms to make amazing things.

Wired: as the director of Android, larry page will allow you to do?

Pichai: larry hope we promote innovation and bring very amazing things for users and developers, this is what I think. He usually says “to do, do what Google level”.

Wired: last question, do you have in the management of Chrome and App has accumulated a lot of experience, you are now in charge of the world’s largest mobile phone platform, how do you manage?

Pichai: now I have a secret project going on, can prolong the us 24 hours a day for four hours, involves the time travel. nullnullnull